Breathing Exercise

Breathing Exercise

Breathing Exercise

Breathing is fundamental, yet many don't pay attention to their breath unless they are in a yoga class.  If you were like me (15 years ago), you thought that it had something to do with being new-age and meditation.

 

The bottom-line is that breathing is can be an energizer, a mood changer, something to empower you or something unconscious.  The first time that I took inventory of my breathing, I was reading a book by Tony Robbins, where he talks about an energizing breathe.  It actually made sense, so I tried it.

The idea was to breath in, hold and then exhale.  The ratio was 1 x 4 x 2.

Breathe in for 1, hold for 4 (so the air spreads throughout your body and oxidizes your cells) and exhale for 2 (2x as long as you inhaled so you exhale out the stagnant air).  Do it 10x in a row.

I first tried this when I was doing the Master Cleanse and was feeling low.  Whether it was that I believed that it was an energizing breath or there was something behind this idea, it worked.

I started doing the ratio of 4 x 16 x 8.  Instead of using seconds, I would count my heartbeat.

Not only did I notice that I felt better, but I felt stronger and in control of my breath. 
When you are in control of your breath, you are in control.

Overtime, I refined the breathing pattern.  I found that to me the most important thing is to make sure that you exhale all the stagnant air out first.  I would breath from the back, bottom of my stomach and contract my stomach (like someone was going to punch me).  Even if I had to breath in for a second and exhale for another 4 seconds, it is all about getting the air out and your stomach flat before doing your breathing exercise.

The ratio that I liked (still using my heartbeat to as a counter) is 1 x 4 x 3.  Specifically 4 x 16 x 12, 10 times in a row.

In through the nose, hold and out through the mouth.  It's important to leave a little space between your teeth so you are relaxed.  When the teeth are closed, the circuit can hold onto a lot of tension and not allow it to drain away.

 

Pay attention to your breath and take notice to when you are relaxed and in control (slow, deep breathing from your stomach) OR in a rush and time is evaporating (short and shallow from the chest). 

Play around with the ratio until you find one that fits you. 

 

 

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